Video: Can a person stop looking at porn but still be an addict?

Can a person stop looking at porn but still be an addict?

I love this question and have encountered it many times in my work with men throughout the years. One of the purity coaches I most respect is Michael Leahy, founder & CEO of BraveHearts, a faith-based, non-profit ministry, whose mission has been to lead people to freedom from sexual sin and sex addiction through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Recently, someone asked Michael this question:

“Can you define terms you use like slip, minor slip, relapse? If I have been successful in stopping porn use but unsuccessful in stopping acting out behaviors, how do I discern where I am at?”

I really loved his answer to the question. It’s both helpful and specific but really gets to the heart of the writer’s question. Listen to his answer below:

Source: BraveHearts

One thought on “Video: Can a person stop looking at porn but still be an addict?

  1. I like how he emphasizes the world willfully. I met a pastor once who said that you can’t control your mind for two seconds, but after that, it’s on you. It’s like when somebody cuts you off in traffic and you think, “You %$#@!” in the instant, but are then able to rationalize quickly they are either a bad driver, or in a rush and you should just let it go. He said you’re allowed to recognize a girl is pretty, but if you dwell on it, that’s willful thought. That helped cut a lot of my guilt that I felt that I should be able to control.

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